CISC-RT-000240 - The Cisco perimeter router must be configured to deny network traffic by default and allow network traffic by exception - access-group in


A deny-all, permit-by-exception network communications traffic policy ensures that only connections that are essential and approved are allowed.

This requirement applies to both inbound and outbound network communications traffic. All inbound and outbound traffic must be denied by default. Firewalls and perimeter routers should only allow traffic through that is explicitly permitted. The initial defense for the internal network is to block any traffic at the perimeter that is attempting to make a connection to a host residing on the internal network. In addition, allowing unknown or undesirable outbound traffic by the firewall or router will establish a state that will permit the return of this undesirable traffic inbound.

NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


This requirement is not applicable for the DODIN Backbone.

Step 1: Configure an inbound ACL to deny all other traffic by default as shown in the example below.

R1(config)#ip access-list extended EXTERNAL_ACL
R1(config-ext-nacl)#permit tcp any any established
R1(config-ext-nacl)#permit tcp host x.11.1.1 eq bgp host x.11.1.2
R1(config-ext-nacl)#permit tcp host x.11.1.1 host x.11.1.2 eq bgp
R1(config-ext-nacl)#permit icmp host x.11.1.1 host x.11.1.2 echo
R1(config-ext-nacl)#permit icmp host x.11.1.1 host x.11.1.2 echo-reply
R1(config-ext-nacl)#deny ip any any log-input

Step 2: Apply the ingress filter to all external interfaces
R1(config)#int g0/2
R1(config-if)#ip access-group EXTERNAL_ACL in

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References: 800-53|SC-7(5), CAT|I, CCI|CCI-001109, Rule-ID|SV-216572r531085_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-RT-000240, STIG-Legacy|SV-105683, STIG-Legacy|V-96545, Vuln-ID|V-216572

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